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Grateful Dead Live at Cow Palace on 1974-03-23

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Grateful Dead Live at Cow Palace on 1974-03-23

One U.S. Blues ; The Promised Land ; Brown Eyed Women ; Mexicali Blues ; Tennessee Jed ; Black Throated Wind ; Scarlet Begonias ; Beat It On Down The Line ; It Must Have Been The Roses ; El Paso ; Deal ; Cassidy ; China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Weather Report Suite Prelude > Weather Report Suite Part 1 > Let It Grow

Two Playing In The Band ; Playing In The Band > Uncle John's Band > Morning Dew > Uncle John's Band > Playing In The Band ; Ship Of Fools ; Big River ; Ramble On Rose ; Me And My Uncle ; Bertha ; Around And Around ; Wharf Rat > Sugar Magnolia

Encore Casey Jones ; One More Saturday Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Cow Palace
Location Daly City, CA

Source MSR > DAT > CDR (with MSR > DAT > CAS > CDR and AUD patch)
Transferred by Scott Clugston


Reviewer: kermic33 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 13, 2016
Subject: Excellent 74
Excellent show...great debut of the full WOS. The playin-UJB-Dew-UJB-playin sandwich is great here...BUT check out 11 17 73 Pauley Pav. Overall excellent show, do not miss it. Anyone know why Jed & Roses were off the DP24?
Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 6, 2016
Subject: Come grow the scorched ground green...
Cassidy! This is a peach version!!! listen to the vocals.
It would become a vehicle for some epic jams but on this night it is just short and sweet.

Also just loved the 1st set. The band has a very laid back sound going here and the vocals especially harmonies are incredible.
Great review by Liz and i totally get what she is saying---- this is on fire material. The last 3 tunes closing Set 1 are just scorching hot!!!

Not sure how those opening 5 tunes didn't get played more regularly in that fashion. To me that is perfect coming out of Space music and it sure is mighty fine to open Set Two!
Yeah! this is easily some of my favorite Dead not just of 74 but in the big picture scheme of things.

"Sitting plush with a Royal Flush
Aces back to back"

Really like hearing Bertha late in the 2nd set.
The sound is like you are on stage and it made me want to participate from air guitar, keeping Rhythm, singing backing vocals,,, man can't let the band down... "And you know that Notion just crossed my mind."
Reviewer: kmoodys13 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2015
Subject: Vocals
Bobby is a little high in the vocal mix tonight but that's my only issue
Reviewer: mzlizizaninja - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2014
Subject: Forced to pick just one show? This is it
The sound is as breathtaking as the band is stunning.

Just from my old laptop, I could hear word for word upstairs, downstairs, in the basement, out in the garden. I know the lyrics to all these songs so much better now...but is the feelings of the music, the love and hate and fear and jealousy and kindness and compassion that makes this show my number one.

You know how you felt after a really good show, that night, feeling like you shed and grew a new skin to go with your happy heart and wise mind? This show as recorded gives me that feeling.

The heart and soul and genius of the Grateful Dead is here for us to love and share, forever.
Reviewer: grendelschoice - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 12, 2014
Subject: WAY Better Sounding than DP24
Can someone please explain to me why this recording sounds about 1,000 times richer, fuller, and louder than the official DP24 release??? This recording makes the show sound a heckuva lot better than I originally gave it credit for being. (Although I am going against the grain of the conventional wisdom to point out that the much heralded Playin>UJB sandwich suffers from some very awkward transitions that are not smooth at all and mar the "epic-ness" of this particular medley version. The jamming in each tune is fine, but there are many better examples of these pairings flowing better into and out of each other.)

3 1/2 stars bumped to 4 for the excellent quality of this recording.
Reviewer: beedub - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 20, 2014
Subject: Howdy from OKC
I may be able to clear a few things up here, gang; The Playin' wasn't falsely started. Everyone was totally primed for the WoS. At the break we were trying to figure out what the big deal was; Sound different to you? What the hell's the deal here? Is it us? In general, WTF's going on? Then they came out for set 2 and went into Playin'. Turns out the whole thing was a giant goof. When they stopped playing Playin', The Band was looking around as if something was wrong. All of a sudden the Wall was exposed as they raised these dark curtains that covered the speakers. Bobby stepped to the mike, The Boys started playing and it was fantastic beyond words-Totally different sound. God, I love the Grateful Dead.
Reviewer: inFminor81 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 20, 2014
Subject: Question..
Does any one know off hand if this is the show where supposedly all the HF drivers in the "Wall of Sound" system were blown on its premier? Some GD lore I recalled but not all the details. Excellent 2 track quality and superb playing, good thing there was a record of it! Thanks. I'll check back.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2014
Subject: --
This source is great for those who have DP24 but need the entire show - the 'leftovers' (Mexicali, Jed, et al) sound just fine alongside the official release.

Great show, btw. The Playin' medley is as hot as ever, but this Wharf Rat for me really makes it.
Reviewer: weironamissionfrombob - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 12, 2013
Subject: 2nd set monster
This is an evolutionary show for the Dead, also first Playin sandwhich I heard. Bob says that remark about the ones who won their tix because a number of 13-14 yr old kids had won tix over the radio and gotten their parents to take them. Great quality, a couple songs from this show omitted from final DP include TJ Roses.... First and only Cassidy until 76
Reviewer: GermanShepherd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 26, 2013
Subject: Deal comments
Why does Bob say, "You can sure tell the ones that won their tickets over the radio?" I'm guessing there were a bunch of people not really into it or something? F 'em then. People need to learn to STFU when the Grateful Dead are playin'. And speaking of Playin, what happened? Sounds like Bob's mic dropped out altogether and they had to get it fixed before continuing on.
Reviewer: surfrider52 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 7, 2013
Subject: wall of sound vintage
Short but great run with the great wall of sound. It was astounding to see, hear and feel the beat from. It sounded different indoors vs. outside.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 28, 2012
Subject: I DO get it!!!
It's funny how, even after many years and listens, one's opinion of a show can change. That singular moment or listen where it all falls into place.

I used to be a big time hater of this show - something always felt off kilter to me. Now I realize it's mostly the 1st set that is kinda weak; I still feel that there is something noticeably off with Garcia at times on this night(a shame because Billy and especially Phil are unstoppable on this recording). Yet, once this second set jam gets going, it is simply amazing, no doubts about that anymore. The first Playin', Earth-shattering Dew, and the transition from UJB #2 back into Playin' are just nuts. This has finally grown to become one of my new all-time favorite jams!
Reviewer: zatch88 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 20, 2011
Subject: DEW
this morning dew is friggin AMAZING!!!
Reviewer: grifftrain2000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 6, 2010
Subject: 1974-03-23
Oh my, but this is sweet. Great sound quality, great setlist. Plus that great 74 sound.
Reviewer: CosmicGeordie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 16, 2010
Subject: Wall of a Premiere
Historic debut of the Wall of Sound…with a few humorous glitches and sound adjustments (picture them frantically trying to get the levels sorted at the start of the show). And then it blossoms into one of the great sound boards of all time, as noted by all previous reviewers.

A MUST listen and a FEAST of a mix!
Reviewer: sugareesalibi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 22, 2010
Subject: Yes!!!
Bills kick drum is miked superbly. Listen to the China/Rider for a great example of this. Got me on my feet and movin' for sure!
Reviewer: jackpuzzle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 17, 2010
Subject: Cow Palace 03-23-74
Fabulous sound quality....sounds great!
Reviewer: winterland59 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 13, 2010
Subject: cow pallace 1974
I was there and Jerry's guitar bloomed like fireworks, he really played his ass off. This show also had new stuff in it, and getting out was a breeze compared to the city. Man, we loved Jerry's sound in 1974-76.
Reviewer: hull3551 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 8, 2010
Subject: Tasty!
Quite nice.
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 21, 2009
Subject: 3-23-74
Wonderful! Both in performance and sound quality.
Reviewer: foxyhippie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 1, 2009
Subject: forget cornell
this is by far my favorite show. fantasy setlist to the nines. from opener to encore this is just the most amazing show ever. i'd give an arm and a leg to be there. thank you to those that were and made it possible for me to experience...
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 23, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" March 23, 1974, at the Cow Palace, Daly City, CA, U.S.A.


"West Coast Magic"

"A must have show"

35 years ago to the day the GRATEFUL DEAD performed live at the Cow Palace in Daly City.

I highly recommend adding this show to your 1974 GRATEFUL DEAD collection. I wish all audience recordings sounded like! Sure it's not a soundboard?

Get it while you can, get it while it's free, get it now or you will be sorry.

For easy streaming and/or downloading users of Windows XP should be viewing this page with RealPlayer.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry, and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the love from 1974.

PS: 5 stars for the Scott Clugston transfer.
Reviewer: cb18201 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 25, 2009
Subject: its really good...
to see this show back up, some good stuff in here
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